All Lanes Reopen on I-495 Following Climate Change Protest

Officials reopened all lanes on the Inner Loop of I-495 late Monday morning after a group of climate change protestors shut down the highway earlier in the day.

Protestors sat in the middle of the highway near Route 29 (Exit 30A – Colesville Road) at approximately 10:30 a.m, causing a five-mile traffic backup

Seven protestors were taken into custody, according to Maryland State Police. 

Joseph Kakwitch, a member of the Menominee Indian Reservation, told MyMCM that he participated in the protest so his grandchildren and their grandchildren have a place to live. 

At approximately 11:30 a.m., authorities said all lanes were reopened.

Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz opened his weekly media briefing by thanking law enforcement officials who helped disperse the protesters. “While climate change is a critical issue facing all of us, these types of demonstrations are completely unacceptable, dangerous, and very disruptive to our community,” Albornoz said. 

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